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Why your business should embrace tablets in 2013

 

Technology is ever-present in today’s world, and if you want your business to keep up with the industry, you need to stay on top of the latest technological trends. One of the recent tech trends most relevant to business is mobile tablets, and there is no better time than the New Year to embrace this trend in your workplace. Tablets have extensive and valuable uses across all industries, so regardless of whether you are in retail, finance, healthcare, education or another area, you can find a way to use tablets to improve your business in 2013.

Not only will you generate excitement among your employee and customer base by implementing this trend in your organization, but as you start and continue to use this technology, you will quickly realize the benefits that mobile technology brings to various areas of your business (including the bottom line!). If you are not quite convinced, though, here are some reasons why tablets are worth the investment for the coming year:

  • Increase employee productivity:  Tablets keep your employees connected to your business at all times. Whether they are traveling on a business trip or on the train to/from work, they can easily pull out their tablet to check email, update a document or catch up on the latest industry news.
  • Attract top performers: You can use tablets as a major selling point when interviewing job candidates; the best employees are not only excited by the idea of using mobile technology to complete their work, but many have come to expect it. Even if you cannot provide a tablet for each individual employee, prospective employees will be impressed by the fact that your company knows how to use technology to get the job done.
  • Increase profit:  More and more businesses are using tablets for credit card processing, inventory checks, or instant online ordering, and all of these factors make it easier for your business to make money. The increased mobility provided by tablets means that employees can instantly access the information customers need to make a decision and a purchase, ultimately resulting in more sales and more profit for your company.
  • Encourage innovation: Open up new opportunities for your business by encouraging employees to find and use the mobile applications that could help them better do their jobs. Whether they are news apps, health information resources, or custom-developed apps for your business, there are a plethora of apps out there that may help your business do something in a more efficient manner.
  • Stay connected: Perhaps you already use social media to keep the world informed about what’s going on with your business, but you don’t want to limit your interactions with the virtual world to business hours! Equip your dedicated social media contact with a tablet to ensure that they can share pictures, links and updates in real-time.

As you can see, there are many benefits to reap from using mobile tablets in your workplace. The opportunities to increase employee productivity, attract top performers, increase profit, encourage innovation and stay connected are just a few of the ways in which tablets can improve your business in the next year. If you are still hesitating, you don’t have to look far to validate the success of tablets in the workplace: many corporations and business leaders have already started using tablets as a business tool and are daily reaping the return on this worthwhile investment!  

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Back to School...Does your High Schooler Need an iPad?

 
There are so many people who can benefit from an iPad. Your high schooler is no exception.

It can be hard for kids to concentrate when they have to sit in school and listen to teachers all day long, speech and language pathologist Michelle Hersch notes in an email.

"With iPad's it makes learning more engaging and fun and probably helps their focus,"  says Hersh who works for Meyer and Middleton schools in Skokie, Illinois.

Purchase an iPad and your son or daughter will immediately have a tool to organize his or her busy schedule and become more focused and efficient iPad Calendarwith time. Students can also use iPads to download textbooks, communicate with peers and teachers and complete classwork assignments.  Not to mention, iPads can help them learn cornerstone educational concepts like chemistry or trigonometry.

With iPad in hand, your teen can visit the App store and download one or all of the following apps to make their high school life just that much more successful ... and fun!
  • The Chemical Touch:

This is a great app for learning chemistry.  Students can explore the periodic table in terms of the elements that comprise it and its chemical trends. When you touch an element brings, that calls up a Wikipedia entry which provides more complete information about its properties. This app costs $0.99 and is available for iOS devices.

  • Evernote Peek:

Making flash cards can be time consuming, but we all know how helpful they are for learning and retaining educational content.  This app takes the work out of designing flash cards. Best of all, it's free!

  • Frog Dissection

If your teen iPad Frog Dissectionloves science, but hates the mess, he can let his lab partner do the dirty work and still pass with flying colors. This program shows you everything you need to know about a frog's anatomy. $3.99

  • Graphing Calculator:

A real graphing calculator is a necessary tool for anyone who wants to pass calculus, but it is expensive.  Try this app instead for only $2.99 and your child will have the tools she needs to succeed in high level math.

  • Easel SAT Prep Lite:

Rather than paying hundreds of dollars for an SAT prep course for your son or daughter, consider investing in this app. Easel iPad App

It includes 25 sample test questions and a "show me" feature which outlines the process for coming to the correct answer.  Free

 

According to Hersh, iPads provide a "multi-sensory" approach to learning.  The iPad works particularly well for students who are visual learners meaning that they do better when they can see and touch things then when they are just listening to an instructor.

If your High School had an iPad on his or her wish list for Christmas but didn't get one, perhaps there is room to consider one as an effective learning tool.  They are not cheap, but the investment will pay off in spades when your child loves doing homework, is constantly coming up with innovative ideas  -  and most importantly continues to stay excited about learning.

 


       



How a Tablet can Make Holiday Shopping Easy

 

The holidays fill our calendars with exciting events: parties, concerts, gift exchanges, and family visits. With those events, though, come the many preparation tasks associated with them, and for most people, the largest of those tasks is shopping. While shopping can be a fun leisure activity at times, the sheer length of holiday shopping lists can render it stressful during this season. A tablet is the perfect tool to help you manage and mitigate your never-ending task list during this shopping crunch time. Here are four ways that you can use a tablet to help you finish (or perhaps start) your holiday shopping:

  • Centralize everything in one location: Say goodbye to digging through piles of papers and sticky notes in search of the right list at the right time. With a tablet, everything you need for the holidays is neatly stored in one place: meal plans, recipes, grocery lists, gift ideas, sizes, and even coupons. You can update the lists as you purchase items to help you visualize your progress.
  • Shop sales efficiently: If you want to score the best deals this season, there is no need to trek from store to store in search of the best price. Once you find an item you want to purchase, you can do a quick price check by using price checker apps or you can simply flip through a few online ads. It is easy to peruse websites and online flyers on larger tablet screens, so you won’t be burdened by tiny letters and technical difficulties with the screen display. If you find the exact item you need, you can even skip the trip to the desired store and order it online right away!
  • Stay on budget: A tablet provides instant mobile access both to your bank account and to budget apps that are helpful for monitoring spending, especially during busy times. When you have a flurry of trips to make, it is easy to lose track of what you are spending, and this just causes more stress. With only a few taps after each purchase, you can rest assured that you are staying on budget (or are aware of exactly how much you are going over budget) for your holiday purchases.
  • Increase productivity: The holidays bring long lines to stores; why not be productive while you wait in them? Use those 10 or 20 minutes in line to update task lists, pay bills, send emails, or even take a quick break to play a game or chat with friends. A tablet has everything you need to stay productive while on-the-go.

If you already own a tablet, then consider implementing these tips to make your holiday shopping a little easier this year. If you do not yet own a tablet, it is not too late to put one at the top of this year’s list or to buy yourself an early present! A tablet will help you stay organized during the busy holiday season, and the conveniences it provides can save you a great deal of time and trouble. So grab your tablet (and your car charger) and get ready to conquer your holiday shopping!

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The Android OS vs the iOS6 - which is Superior?

 
Apple verses Android, the two most widely used mobile operating systems on the market today, are vying to be number one. The newest OS for Apple is the iOS6 Siri; Android's newest OS is the 4.2 Jelly Bean. So which one is superior? Which one has the best features, and which one will blow away the competition this year?

Apple Versus Android: The Differences

When is comes to mobile OS, Apple and Android have been doing battle in the electronic, wireless market for years, each coming out with their own versions of mobile devices. The Android Jelly Bean came out last summer, shortly before iOS6 Siri by Apple. In comparing the two, each has its similarities, as wells as it's pros and cons.
Some neat and exciting features of the iOS6 Siri include:
  • Facebook integration
  • Easier podcast search
  • Enhanced panorama view on the camera. In additions, select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and they’re on their way to a certain audience.
  • Plus, Apple has integrated their own mappingiPhoneSiri software, which means no more Google Maps, but Apple also offers free drive-by-drive directions. Apple's map graphics and text are incredibly detailed. Tilt and rotate to view an area, and Maps keeps the names of streets and places where they belong. Get visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates.
  • A user can also put the iPhone in the "Do not disturb" mode, so it basically takes your phone off the hook, for set periods of time, without needing to shut if off.
  • Siri also has a voice-activated virtual assistant, who can make OpenTable Reservations for local dining, let you know which movies are playing at the local theater, and give accurate directions, as well as speak sport's scores and standings.
  • Passbook - boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place.
  • Offers a VIP treatment for certain email contacts, whose messages stay on top of incoming mail

 

The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is sleek, speedy and smooth. Some great features include:
  • Faster navigation and orientation changes
  • More reactive and uniform touch responses
  • To improve battery life, the Jelly Bean turns down your device's CPU when not in active use, and vice-versa, boosts the CPU, when in active mode.
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  • Gesture Typing – just glide your finger over the letters you want to type.  Jelly Bean also offers a blind person to navigate the UI, using not only touch and swipe gestures, but also speech output. A user can also get full support accessibility services for Braille.
  • It also offers language support for Arabic and Hebrew, as well as bidirectional texts to assure the platform is more accessible to more people around the world. In fact, it supports eighteen new input languages, such as Thai, Hindi and Persian, as well as other Indic languages.
  • Snap pictures in every direction - photo spheres that put you right inside the scene. A user can also view the whole photo in MMS mode and preview a photo in notifications, after taking a shot.
  • Multiple user support - Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games. Android was built with multitasking at its core, so it’s a snap to switch between users – no need to log in and out.  Available only on tablets.

Which One is Superior?    

Both the Apple iOS6 and the Android Jelly Bean OS have their perks, and by market standards, have improved greatly upon design, navigation and features. In getting rid of Google's apps, the iOS6 no longer has YouTube, and Google Maps, which could pose a problem with users, since they use the app quite a bit. In fact, You Tube is the most popular video website worldwide. So, in terms of usability and reliability, the iOS6 has some good features, but the Jelly Bean OS seems to be much more exciting, with enhanced features and some truly innovative elements to it. Plus, it seems Apple is trying to catch up with Android by offering features, such as Panorama pictures, which Android already had available. Facetime is also much better on the Android than Apple. Google+ Hangout features seem more superior , since they let the user see live streams of everyone in a hangout, letting you chat with up to nine people at once. Considering all the added features and apps, Google's Android Jelly Bean MAY be a far superior choice than the Apple iOS6...?  But tell that to an Apple lover!!  

The Hottest Tablets on the Market VERSUS the iPad

 
OK - I know, I know - we went over this last week!  BUT I just wanted to elaborate further on tablets VERSUS the iPad...

Everything from its slim design, it's spectacular Retina Display, and the wide range of available apps, make it clear that the third-generation iPad is pretty amazing. Regardless of its popularity, however, Apple isn't the only contender in the tablet marketplace. Whether you're just not an Apple person or are looking for something a bit less pricey, there are plenty of worthy alternatives to the iPad. Here's a look at 6 of the hottest tablets on the market besides the iPad.


 1. Google Nexus 7

Yes, we visited these first two last week but they certainly warrant the attention.  Nexus 7 Tablet ImageThere are plenty of Android slates on the market in all price ranges and sizes, however, none have captured the attention of consumer's like the Nexus 7. This tablet is the very first manufactured under Google's Nexus brand and it boasts a highly powerful quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, a brilliant high-resolution screen, Google's own voice-driven search app, and the company's brand-new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Add on the affordable price of $199 and this 7 inch tablet becomes one of the top contenders against the iPad.


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2. ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

AGAIN - If any tablet is going to give the iPad's Retina Display a run for it's money, it's this one! The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is known for being the original Android slate that offered a full HD display screen. The tablet utilizes the quad-core Nvidia Tegra T33 processor and boasts new and improved camera updates.  Price point comes in around $460.


3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

What is it that makes the Samsung Galaxy 2 a worthy competitor of the iPad? From the launch of its first Galaxy Tablet, Samsung was able to create a tablet that was thinner and lighter than the iPad and with strong speakers. Samsung Galaxy Tablet ImageNow, with its successor on the market, Samsung has proven that they will not settle for the status quo. The Galaxy 2 includes amazing additions like smart remote capability so that you can control your TV and also features a mircoSD card slot.  Price is close to the ASUS ~$450...

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4. Acer Iconia Tab A200

Although you may not have heard the name "Acer" in awhile, the company should not be ruled out of the tablet market . In fact, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 is out to prove that there is a place for tablets priced at the midpoint between the Nexus 7 and the iPad - around $330. Featuring dual-core performance, solid graphics, Android software enhancements, and a full-sized USB port, this slate is not a bad deal for the price. 

 

5. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

In addition to being a great way to enjoy your own personal library on the go, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is also a lower-cost ($~180)barnes and noble nook tablet Image and quality alternative to the iPad. This slate features a built-in microphone and microSD card expansion pack as well as running on a fast processor so that you are never left tapping your fingers waiting for your apps to load. 



6. Amazon Kindle Fire

This wonderful tableAmazon Kindle Fire imaget is able to deliver all of Amazon's content by way of a sturdy slate that is sleek and aesthetically pleasing. The 7-inch tablet provides bright, high-resolution display so that you can enjoy all of your favorite movies in high def. In addition to this, the Kindle Fire boasts an extremely fast processor, a clean interface, and 16GB of personal storage space. All of this is available at the low price of $199, meaning that the Kindle Fire is sure to be a major competitor to the Google Nexus 7 this holiday season. 




Don't assume that the iPad is all that there is. By looking into other tablet options, you could find a better fit for yourself while saving some money!

The 3 Hottest Tablets (or Tablet Kiosks) on the Market

 
The tablet market these days is as flooded as the market for smart phones and laptops. With myriad specifications in size, speed, price, and function, deciding on the right tablet for your specific needs and desires can be an arduous task. Why not take a look at what the tech world is buzzing about in the world of tablets, since they make a living testing and reviewing this stuff? Here are the three hottest tablets on the market today, and a brief description of why:

1: Apple iPad, fourth generation

Ah, the ubiquitous iPad. It changed the world of personal computing when it burst on the scene in 2010 as the first tablet PC, and has dominated the market ever since. Its iOS operating system is fast and user friendly. Its retina display and A6X processor makes for stunning graphics and high speed video playback. Its cellular compatibility is unmatched. All of these pros are offset by one big con: the price. If you want the best on the market, you'll have to pay around $499 for it. The iPad weighs 1.44 lbs, which is comparable to most full-sized tablets.

2: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700Asus image

With the popular Android operating system, Asus' latest and best offering combines a high-resolution screen, super-fast app launching, and solid GPS and cellular capabilities with a slim profile, an optional keyboard, and a reasonable price: $428. Throw in one of the better camera, and this tablet rivals the iPad, and for Android lovers, undoubtedly conquers it. Weighing in at 1.31 lbs, it edges out the iPad in weight as well. The keyboard can be a really nice feature for those who don't like typing on touch screens - it makes the Transformer feel more like a really light laptop than a tablet.

3. Google Nexus 7

Google's Nexus line has been a wildly popular tablet option throughout its line. The 7 builds on the solid reputation of Nexus products by improving battery life, comfort, and screen resolution. This tablet is much smaller than the two listed above, at 7.8 x 4.7 inches and only 0.76 lbs., it is more comparable to the iPad mini, which it outperforms. At $199, the price is right as well. This offering from Google is popular for internet and app fanatics because of its seamless Android OS.

Tablets seek to occupy the middle ground between the portability of phones and the functionality of laptops. If this seems like a space you want to occupy, you would do well to look at the above three tablets that the tech world is buzzing about.

5 Ways an iPad Kiosk can Improve Profits

 

Investing in a custom informational kiosk can be an expensive endeavor. The average cost of a secure, touch screen kiosk is $2,500 depending upon functionality. But the advent of the iPad has changed this marketplace. For a minimal investment, you can secure your iPad in a kiosk framework, run your informational app, and track user data and more for a fraction of the custom kiosk price.

Here are 5 ways an iPad kiosk (or other tablet) can help your business grow...

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1. Build Your Customer Base

Increase your brand following and exposure to increase your customer base and therefore profits with an iPad kiosk at your place of business.
  • Social media interaction via an iPad kiosk: Customers or potential customers can “Like” you on facebook, Tweet about your product or services at the point-of-sale. The same goes for the multitude of differing social media outlets.

  • Contests: “Register Here to Win” – Add signage to your iPad kiosk and use it to collect data for marketing purposes to increase customer base.

  • Trade shows: Increase customer base via an iPad kiosk with interactive applications or data collection for future marketing campaigns

2. Use Innovative Technology

It seems most people are enamored with the iPad and want to get their hands on one! Make it easy with an iPad kiosk at your establishment.
  • Be in the “NOW”; Be in the “WOW”: Make a lasting impression on your customers with an iPad kiosk and they’ll be back for more consequently increasing profits!

  • Lightweight and portable: Position your iPad kiosk in strategic and consistent locations in your store. This will allow your technology to get the sale for you growing profits.

3. Engage your customer

Create customer interaction and greater brand awareness and to boost profits via an iPad kiosk.
  • Loyalty Rewards: Implement loyalty rewards programs to bring in repeat business

  • Trivia: Add fun, informational or educational material using an iPad kiosk

  • Connect: “Things to See and Do” – add signage to your iPad kiosk for added

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    attraction to your kiosk and application pointing potential customers to your products or services generating sales

4. GO GREEN

Reduce paper waste and do the right thing!
  • Marketing Material : Marketing brochures, electronic coupons, electronic mail campaigns – create or purchase an off-the-shelf application for your iPad kiosk for marketing campaigns to heighten interest, create sales – all while saving the planet

  • Applications: Employment, Credit, Patient Check-in – these can be done electronically on your iPad kiosks eliminating excess waste, reducing paper and print costs, and escalating profits

5. Expedite Customer Service

Reduce customer wait times and see profits soar!
  • POS System: “Order Here, Pay Here!”, “Skip the lines and the wait”, Retail or Restaurant. Put an iPad kiosk in place - shrink wait times to improve sales and cultivate profits.

    Showcase Your Product: Display inventory, Not-in-Stock items, Product Lookup by item number or description, Shop all inventory in one place

Creating an iPad kiosk program for your brand can be a powerful and inexpensive way to engage the marketplace. The implementation is simple, affordable and the impact on your company can be substantial.


Look for our next ePaper:  5 More Ways an iPad Kiosk Can Further Increase Profits
coming 11/09/12…

 

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